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Policy and Sector Performance Group

The Policy and Sector Performance Group provides policy advice to the government on arts, culture, heritage, broadcasting, and sports and recreation issues.  We do this by working on policy proposals, legislation and reviews that are significant to the sector.  We work with other government departments on joint initiatives bringing our cultural expertise to projects.

It includes an international perspective through the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme and liaison with overseas agencies. 

Working with the 15 directly funded cultural agencies, the Ministry is developing a Cultural Sector Narrative. This is the ‘story’, ‘strategy’ and ‘data and evidence’ that describe and communicate the sector’s combined value, impact and benefits - in short, it is the sector’s value proposition. As part of this initiative, the Ministry has begun a review of the 1995 Cultural Statistics Framework working in collaboration with Statistics New Zealand. This is a foundation document that sets the statistical framework for collecting and analysing data across the cultural sector

We are responsible for ministerial servicing functions such as preparing draft replies to correspondence.

The Ministry also monitors the government’s interest in cultural sector agencies who receive crown funding.  These agencies range from major crown entities such as Creative New Zealand to smaller organisations like the Antarctic Heritage Trust.  Ensuring services and products of funded agencies are of a high quality that meets agreed performance targets, we offer additional support through our governance service. We provide names for consideration to Crown entity boards and have developed board induction programmes providing best practice support to our family of boards.

We monitor broadcasting agencies that receive government funding and administer parts of the Broadcasting Act 1989.  Our responsibility for local content and public broadcasting complements the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s concern for the radio spectrum and telecommunications.  Key  work  in  this  area  has  included  preparation  of  a  bill  to  extend  New  Zealand’s  broadcasting standards  to  on-demand  content  to  ensure  consistent  values  across  platforms  and  work  with community  radio  stations  to  ensure  their  ongoing  compliance  with  the  Regional  Community Broadcasting Framework. We manage requests for non-commercial radio broadcasting licenses and liaise with Te Puni Kokiri who deals with Māori broadcasting issues.  The Ministry works with other government agencies enabling co-production film agreements with other countries. Recent broadcasting projects include the New Zealand Government's Convergence Programme which aims to create a level playing field for content and information, regardless of what type of technology delivers it.

The Policy and Sector Performance Group comprises of four teams: Arts & Media Policy, Heritage Policy, Ministerial Services and Sector Performance.  The group is managed by Karen Adair, Group Manager Policy and Sector Performance.


Updated on 30th October 2017